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等了那么久的电影 11月终于要上映了 Five films to watch in November

中国日报网 2018-10-31 08:48




Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald


Finally we are back to Hogwarts! At least that’s what’s teased in the trailers of this 10th blockbuster set in JK Rowling’s wizarding world – the second in her Fantastic Beasts series. But even though there’s a glimpse of what is to become Harry Potter’s school, actual children are largely absent from an adventure bristling with darkness, monsters and moral conflict. Unlike the Potter movies, which these chronologically predate, the added thrill of the Beasts series is none of us muggles know what the story will be in advance – and we won’t spoiler them for you, except to say that this one centers around that nice Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and a younger Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) attempting to stop and kill the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Released Nov 16 in the US and Chinese mainland. (Credit: Warner Bros)





Fifteen-year-old Lara dreams of being a ballerina, but she faces a tougher challenge than most. As well as the usual blood, sweat and tears demanded by classical training at her top-flight Belgian academy, Lara is simultaneously preparing for gender reassignment – she was born in the body of the boy. A sensation at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won the ‘Queer Palm’ and boasting the coveted 100 percent ‘fresh’ rating on film reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Lukas Dhont’s achingly intimate coming-of-age drama is brilliantly believable. A couple of wounding moments at school aside, Lara’s conflicts are largely internalized – rather than the slings and arrows of anti-trans prejudice her biggest battle being with the mirror (there’s a lot of unflinching nudity). Young actor/dancer Victor Polster is mesmerizing as Lara – this is a star-making turn, whether or not you agree with the casting of another cisgender male in a transgender role. Released Nov 1 in the Netherlands, Nov 2 in Norway, Nov 15 in Hungary, Nov 16 in US and Nov 22 in Greece (Credit: Netflix)




To say this heist thriller was feverishly anticipated would be an understatement. Thrillingly, it doesn’t disappoint. Widows is the first film in five years from 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen, who became the first black film-maker to win the Oscar for best picture. If that wasn’t enough of a draw, he co-wrote this film with Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn (based on a 1983 British TV series by Lynda La Plante) and led a charge on the zeitgeist by creating a female-driven, ethnically diverse cast packed with hot rising talent (Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Debicki and Daniel Kaluuya) as well as wise older hands (Liam Neeson, Jacki Weaver, Robert Duvall). Viola Davis, always magnetic, leads a gang of women who decide to carry through with a heist after their criminal husbands were killed on the job. Released Nov 6 in the UK, Nov 15 in Argentina, Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal and Turkey, Nov 16 in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, US and South Africa,  Nov 22 in Australia, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands and Russia, Nov 23 in Romania, Nov 28 in France, Nov 29 in Brazil, Nov 30 in Spain (Credit: 20th Century Fox)


The Grinch


Dr Seuss’s zany 1957 picture book, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is a much beloved classic in the US. The rest of the world, however, is more likely to have nodding acquaintance with the Grinch via the 2000 box-office smash featuring Jim Carrey, smothered under a Santa’s sack-worth of lurid, pea-colored make-up. Thankfully technology’s moved on a bit since then and this third screen adaptation (there’s also a cult 1966 TV movie narrated by Boris Karloff) is a whizzy 3D, state of the art CG animation, promisingly brought to you by the makers of Despicable Me, Sing and The Secret Life Of Pets. This time it’s Dr Strange and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch who voices the hairy, scary, grumpy green anti-hero who resolves to spoil everyone’s fun and steal Christmas. Released November 8 in Brazil, Czech Republic, Lebanon and Slovakia, November 9 in the UK, Norway, Sweden, US and Vietnam, November 22 in Argentina and Portugal, Nov 23 in Bulgaria and Romania and Nov 28 in France, Nov 29 in Australia, Columbia, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore, Nov 30 in Spain, Lithuania and Poland (Credit: Universal Pictures)





“Throughout his career, film-maker Hirokazu Kore-eda has worried family relationships like a bone (particularly the father-son bond), as though they held the key to deciphering the soul of Japanese society. And perhaps they do” writes Deborah Young in her review for The Hollywood Reporter. Literally titled ‘Manbiki Kazoku’ (‘The Shoplifting Family’ in Japanese), Shoplifters sees Kore-eda return to his pet preoccupation. The family who shoplifts together stays together in the case of this film’s makeshift group of impoverished folk who uneasily share both lodgings and loot to stay afloat. Things get even tougher when one day a starving, battered little girl is co-opted into their number. Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Kore-eda previously won the Jury Prize in 2013 for Like Father, Like Son. Shoplifters is a typically subtle, modestly scaled, thoughtfully paced (film critics’ speak for slow) offering, whose borderline plotless story will repay patient viewers with a wealth of warmth and tender humanity. Released Nov 8 in Russia, Nov 15 in Australia, Nov 22 in Portugal,  Nov 23 in the UK and the US (Credit: Magnolia Pictures)





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